2Do This Week, Nov. 17-23: Cultural events around Pittsburgh


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TODAY

Pittsburgh native Kimberly Kong will perform works by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Mendelssohn in a recital presented by the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania at Kresge Recital Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland, at 3 p.m. Ms. Kong has soloed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $5-$15, available at the door.

MONDAY

Bricolage's In the Raw series hosts a one-night reading of Ginny Cunningham's play "Noah's Ark" at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown at 7 p.m. The play, which explores Kennedy's assassination, was inspired by James Douglass' best-selling book, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters." Pittsburgh is one of eight cities where the play will be read this month in relation to events marking the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The event is free. A talkback will follow the 90-minute play reading. More info: www.BricolagePGH.org or 412-471-0999.

MONDAY

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will make its Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society debut at a 7:30 p.m. performance at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. The concert includes Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 3 in D major, Schulhoff's Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich's Quartet No. 9. For tickets, $15-$35, 412-624-4129 or www.pittsburghchambermusic.org.

TUESDAY

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Music is starting its new Chamber Music @ CMU series with a recital featuring Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, violist David Harding, Pittsburgh Symphony principal flutist Lorna McGhee and cellist Amit Peled at Kresge Theatre on the CMU campus in Oakland at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 1 and an arrangement of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." The recital is free, but tickets are required, available at http://www.music.cmu.edu/events/279.

TUESDAY

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will screen the short films "The Peculiar Kind," "What's the Function?" and "The Mahogany Show" as part of the My People Film Series Web night event -- which highlights the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people of color -- at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave., at 7:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, $5, www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

TUESDAY

Karyna McGlynn, the author of "I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl," will be the featured writer at Point Park University's Writers' Series in the Lawrence Hall Ballroom, 201 Wood St., Downtown, at 6 p.m. Ms. McGlynn is the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize from Sarabande Books. It's free. For more info: www.pointpark.edu.

FRIDAY

The RAW Pittsburgh Semi-Finals show features the top 27 local emerging artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography at Cavo, 1916 Smallman St., Strip District, at 8 p.m. The top three local nominees in nine categories will be showcased along with hand-picked local highlights of the 2013 Pittsburgh season. The nominees include: Rob Sassi, Jake Mulliken and Dan Meyers for filmmaker of the year; Rachel Dawn Renaudin, Ashley J. Hickey and Hizwerks for visual artist of the year; Frequently Fly Clothing, nicolette romero and Knewwd Fashion for fashion designer of the year; Tracksploitation, ricardo iamuuri and Mega-Def for musician of the year; Jameson Leigh Hair & Makeup, Stephanie Truchan and ayanna for hairstylist of the year; Maggy Pawlesh, Autumn Cook and Dinessa Belli for makeup artist of the year; Angie Candell Photography, Daniel K. Haas Photography and Charlene Bidula for photographer of the year; PLAY Parlour's Nomadic, Joanna Abel and 3rd Street Belly Dance and Continuum Dance Theater for performing artist of the year; and Vehement Romantic, RELD and Melissa Ciccocioppo for accessories designer of the year.

Winners in each category will be announced at the end of the program and go on to represent Pittsburgh in the final round of national judging in Los Angeles Dec. 9-12, where they compete against the top finalists from 50-plus other cities for RAW: Artist of the Year in their category. Mad Tom Brown is the DJ and Kellee Maize the host. Dress code for this 21-and-over event is fashionable cocktail attire. Tickets: $15 presale online at www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh/rawards2013, $17 the week of the event and $20 at the door. The ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres, an ice cream sundae bar and sweets.

FRIDAY

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform a free hourlong concert in Heinz Hall, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. thanks to a grant from the Regional Asset District. Resident conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the PSO in popular works by Beethoven and Mozart and Sibelius' Violin Concerto, performed by Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra violinist Inori Sakai. Tickets available at the door, at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or 412-392-4900.

SATURDAY

Ysaye Barnwell, a former member of the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, will lead a community sing at 7 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. The event is free, part of the church's third Cathedral Concerts series.


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